Growing up, I never considered myself athletic. I was the kid who took inch-sized jogging steps when the middle school PE teacher told us to run for five minutes. I thought running a mile in high school was impossible, and the only physical test I ever passed was the sit and reach. I dabbled in globo gym attendance from high school on, but it wasn’t something I enjoyed or did regularly.
In 2009, a friend and I decided to try the Couch-to-5K running program because another friend told us about her success, and it turned out I could do more than I thought! Through reading some running blogs, I discovered CrossFit and decided I wanted to try it. I had always been interested in gymnastics and thought the variety of exercises looked fun.
Since starting CrossFit in 2011, I’ve become addicted to exercise and the feelings it provides — the high from doing things I didn’t think I could do, the stress relief that comes from focusing on what’s in front of me instead of the rest of my life, and the empowerment I feel from all of it. The physical changes and accomplishments are great, but I am even more thankful for the mental ones.
Too often I hear people say “I couldn’t do that” when I mention CrossFit to them, but I love that CrossFit is for everyone; everyone can do it, and it will benefit everyone. Coaching is just a way for me to help others experience benefits of CrossFit like I have. I love that I have the privilege of paying it forward.